Tomorrow's Health: Postpartum Depression Could Be Genetic


Story Updated: Jun 4, 2013

A simple blood test can predict who will suffer from postpartum depression.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins tested 52 pregnant women and found those with two specific genes were at high risk.

Doctors say a test to detect the genes was accurate 85 percent of the time.

Larger studies are now needed to confirm the findings.

Antidepressants Help Heart

A new study finds antidepressants can help some patients living with a stress-related heart condition.

Duke researchers found heart patients who took an antidepressant were more than 2.5-times less likely to develop myocardial ischemia.

Doctors say mental stress brings on the condition, which cuts down blood flow to certain parts of the heart.

No Respect For Obese

A new study finds two out of five medical students are biased against obese people -- and they don't realize it.

Researchers at Wake forest used a computer program to measure 300 students' unconscious preferences for fat or thin patients.

About 39 percent showed a bias against overweight people and most were not aware of it.

Previous research has shown many doctors are less likely to respect obese patients and believe they won't follow treatment plans.

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